Panaji: Stating that smaller states are important part of the country, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that it is the policy of Modi-led government to bear bigger responsibility of the small states.
“When we won in the smaller states like Goa, Uttarakhand and North East, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge reacted that these are small states,” Shah was addressing a public meeting in South Goa to kick off party’s campaign for 2024 Lok Sabha election.
Shah said that these are small states but they are important states of the country and cautioned Kharge against insulting the smaller states.
The Union minister said that the smaller states are assets (dharohar) of the country and they are equally important that of the bigger states. “Smaller the state, bigger is the responsibility of the centre to work for their development. That is the policy of Modi-led government,” Shah said.
Pointing out to defeat of Congress in recently held elections in North Eastern states, Shah said that Rahul Gandhi went on Bharat Jodo Yatra, following which he went for a full-fledged campaign in North East elections.
“Congress always considered the North Eastern states as their fort due to the sizeable minority population in them,” the Union minister said.
Shah said that after Rahul Gandhi’s full fledged campaign in the North East, the Congress was wiped out from there with BJP getting full majority in Tripura and party retaining 13 MLAs in Nagaland . The government in Meghalaya was formed with the support of BJP, he added.
The Union minister said that the people of North East has given a clear message that this country should be ruled by those who can provide security, peace and development to the people.
Shah said that he has seen mood in favour of BJP in Orissa and Telangana. “I want to tell Kharge ji and Rahul baba, BJP will also form the government in Karnataka,” he added.